Robert Nalson was buried 28th November, 1599. The said Robert did break his fast that same day and was in good health and came to the Church to the burying of Maria Hagger, and did help to ring a peal of bells and within one half hour after, he died in the presence of all the people in the Church, and was buried within four hours afterward.’
The best way to see the church is by making a visit where you will be able to grasp some idea of the history and how the church has been cared for over the centuries.
The best time is at 10.30am on Sunday mornings where you will see the living church at work and made most welcome.
The repair costs of this building are disproportionately large compared to the congregation in spite of the contribution of trust funds.
Wills of the 14th, 15th, 16th and 17th centuries from parish records have been printed in publications of the Surtees, Thoresby and Yorkshire Archaealogical Societys where they reveal a more compleat light on the life of the parish.
The spire at St Oswalds was added at the end of the 18th century. It was in need of repair in 1784 after damage by lightning. It was later re-built in 1901 but this was removed in 1937 after being declared unsafe.
Of five Deanery’s of the Archdeacon of York, the Deanery of Pontefract included the following churches – Methley, Castleford, Ferry Fryston and Rothwell – mentioned in Pope Nicholas’ Taxation of 1291.
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